His miraculous survival has led to him being known as: “EXPLOSION MAN – The Man Who Lived”
David was working at an Oilfield Services Company in Standard, Alberta, Canada washing sand out of a tank truck. While kneeling on top of the truck, with his arm through the hatch holding onto a hose and his head directly over the opening, suddenly, there was an explosion. The explosion blew a hole in the metal roof of the truck wash three meters above David. He was blown through that opening, 10 meters into the air, with his right leg hitting a metal truss. He then fell back through the same hole, landing on top of the truck.
Upon arriving at the hospital via STARS helicopter, and after being assessed, the doctors found the inside of David’s mouth was burnt, the inside of his throat was burnt, he had a broken left leg, his right kneecap was split, his right femur was shattered into more than 20 pieces, he had a bruised lung, his left eardrum was perforated and there were severe burns to his face, neck, right hand and arm. David remained in hospital for five weeks, undergoing surgery for his shattered femur and skin grafting for his burns. His injuries confined him to a wheelchair for several months.
Through his absolute grit and determination, he was able to return to work nine months after the explosion.
Beginning with STARS at their Annual General Meeting in 2004, David and his wife Jamie have been asked to share their story to a wide range of groups promoting workplace safety and/or as motivational/inspirational keynote speakers. Both are articulate presenters.
They receive enthusiastic feedback from their audiences and they feel that their story has a positive impact on those who attend. At the end of their keynote presentation, the couple has received a standing ovation and many people have been moved to tears.
David & Jamie deliver a powerful, true story. Their story encompasses not just the elements of job place safety….it also includes a story of motivation, determination and inspiration coupled with believing!
Their story has a lasting impact and can be tailored to your specific group or organization.
One of my first talks for STARS was in an aircraft hangar at the AGM. After I had finished my talk and I looked out into the audience, who were now standing and applauding, many with tears visibly streaming down their cheeks. At this moment, I became aware that I had not realized the emotional impact my story would have on the people who would come to hear it.